Now is the best time of year to visit Salem, Massachusettes. Salem is greatly known for the Salem Witch trials of 1692, in which numerous townspeople were on trial and hung for suspected witchcraft. Because of this eerie and historic event, Salem is particularly popular during the Halloween season.
Here are a few reasons to check out Salem during the month of October:
Shops: There are a lot of small shops in the city center, most of which are themed for the spirit of Salem. It is especially fun to check out these small shops during this time of year but be mindful of store hours. Shops like Enchanted, Hex: Old World Witchery and the Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery are just a few to check out.
Bars & Restaurants: Like Boston, there are some bars and restaurants in Salem that go all out for Halloween with decorations, costume contests and festive music! Not only is this a fun destination to go to but might serve as a nice break in between walking. In addition to the bars and restaurants, there will be a food court from October 12th to the 31st for those who want to grab something and go!
Tours: There are multiple ghost and historical tours going on now in Salem! Some of them are 21+ but most are great for all ages!
From celebrity appearances to trick or treating to arts and crafts, this place has all the makings of an awesome night! Celebrity appearances include Heather Langenkamp from Nightmare on Elm's Street
and Tony Moran, better known as Michael Myers from Halloween
. Most events will be going on throughout the month. For a full list of events and dates, click here
For further information on Salem's culture and events, please check out Salem.com and HauntedHappenings.org.
There is a new exciting exhibit at the Museum of Science! Until October 31st, guests can view scrolls found in hidden caves of the Dead Sea. These Dead Sea scrolls include "literary writings of the times and the oldest known texts of the Bible, making their discovery perhaps the most significant archaeological find of the last century.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see fragments of the priceless scrolls (some never displayed in North America), along with one of the most comprehensive collection of antiquities from Israel ever organized. Highlights include a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, limestone capitals from the first temple period (1000 – 586 BCE), ossuaries from the early Roman period, and an ancient signature preserved for millennia on the Archer Seal. Together these artifacts reveal precious details about the culture, rituals, and beliefs of an influential Iron Age people."
Please check the Museum of Science website for further details.
With Halloween right around the corner -or close enough people, quit giving me beef- it's time to re-embrace your Halloween spirit and make a night of spookiness!!
"Travel back through history to witness the early days of Harvard Yard, learn about the city's ghastly tales of murder and uncover the truth behind some of Harvard Square's more infamous ghosts."
Who knew Harvard Square had ghosts? NOT ME! I may have to take a shot or two before this trip... or I might pass the stop on the train by accident. Yes, I am not one for ghosts but hey, I am definitely one for history so maybe I will see y'all on the tour. Or hiding under a blanket. I guess time will tell my friends, time will tell.
Order Tickets Here
Not many people expect to go to a hospital and encounter a 2,500-year-old mummy, but if you visit Massachusetts General Hospital, you will experience just that. Padihershef has been a resident of the Ether Dome since 1823 after he was given as a present by Dutch merchant Jacob Van Lennep.
"Between 1821 and 1868, more than 8,000 operations were performed in the Ether Dome. Today it is a teaching amphitheater and historical landmark. Visitors can explore the unique architecture and a small collection of artifacts, including an oil painting of the famous first surgery, an Egyptian mummy and early surgical tools."
So grab your peeps and head on over to this wicked crazy historical landmark. Make sure to wear your mummy gear! I'd hate for you to get mummified. BOO!!!!
Want to meet some new people? Brush up on some photography skills? Learn how to cook? Have you checked out Boston Center for Adult Education?!
The Boston Center for Adult Education is the oldest nonprofit adult education center in New England. Founded in 1933, it quickly established itself as a cultural stomping ground where individuals could learn, discuss, create, and enjoy themselves.
Classes are ever going. And there are some interesting classes, let me tell you! Check the class schedules out here. Something think about with winter looming in the distance.
Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, which will feature a panel discussion, at 6pm in the Sackler Museum lecture hall, that introduces the main themes of the exhibition, followed by a reception in the Sackler Museum lobby.
Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to the scientific investigations of the 16th century. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue challenge the perception of artists as illustrators in the service of scientists. Artists’ printed images served as both instruments for research and agents in the dissemination of knowledge. The exhibition, displaying prints, books, maps, and such instruments as sundials, globes, astrolabes, and armillary spheres, looks at relationships between their producers and their production, as well as among the objects themselves. The story of 16th-century technology is enhanced by technology of the 21st, with interactive computers in the galleries, an interactive module on the website, and an iPhone/iPad application in iTunes (check back here soon for an update on availability).
Limited complimentary parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.
Where: 485 Broadway , Cambridge, MA | 5pm–8pm
What: Fun Historical Information about Print and what and how it formed the world and it's on-going until December 10th.
I don't know why we haven't posted this yet, but yeah...duck tours! I know it seems like a really touristy thing to do, but they are actually quite a lot of fun. And the drivers have a great sense of humor. If you want to learn some quick fun facts about Boston, I highly recommend the Boston Duck Tours!!
Where:The Museum of Science
Physical Address - 1 Science Park & The Prudential Center in Boston's Back Bay
Physical Address - 53 Huntington Ave
When: Tours begin at 9:00am throughout the week.
Price: Between $10 and $32, depending on your age.
The Boston Dragon Boat Festival takes place annually on the banks of the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge. Starting in 1979, Boston Dragon Boat Festival, the first and oldest such festival in North America, has grown from a small neighborhood event commemorating the death in 200 B.C. of the beloved Chinese poet-patriot Qu Yuan to the largest Asian-American cultural event in New England, drawing more than 20,000 participants and spectators.
Each year, 30-40 teams from the US and Canada compete over a 500-meter course in an energetic race to the finish line. The teams practice in the spring to prepare for the June races, paddling in sleek, colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats. Along with dragon boat races, the festival also presents performances from various Asian cultures, Asian food, and arts and crafts representing traditions of this ancient Chinese celebration.
Where:The Charles River
When: Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Boston Public Library is featuring a great exhibit on the Civil War.
The American Civil War is one of the defining events in United States history. Throughout 2011, the Boston Public Library commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an array of system-wide programming, including exhibitions, lectures, films, tours, and live performances.
Where: The Boston Public Library | 700 Boylston St
When: Now to December
So Susurrus does not officially start until tomorrow, but hey, I thought I would give you heads up!
Susurrus is a play without actors and without a stage. It is part radio play, part recital, part lesson in bird dissection, and part stroll in the park. Audiences follow a map around Boston's Public Garden as they listen to the piece on headphones; the different elements form a “perfect melding of location and text to create a theater experience in which there are no actors and only one member in the audience: you.” (The Guardian)
Get more information here. They are even providing umbrella's because it rains in Boston. I know..news flash.